Explore St. Louis

6 St. Louis Neighborhoods You Should Know

Take a stroll through six of St. Louis' most intriguing neighborhoods

Every city has its great neighborhoods; here are six of St. Louis' best.

The Central West End oozes sophistication with art galleries, antique shops, boutiques and cafés within easy walking distance of the neighborhood’s hotels. Two of its major attractions include the magnificent Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and the World Chess Hall of Fame.

World Chess Hall of Fame
World Chess Hall of Fame (©D. Lancaster)

The Loop has been named one of the “Ten Great Streets of America” for its heady mix of galleries, retailers, international restaurants and nightclubs. The Loop's Blueberry Hill is where rock legend Chuck Berry (now remembered with a statue) performed once a month. The arts are richly represented at Craft Alliance Art + Design  and Componere Gallery.


Craft Alliance Center of Art +Design
Craft Alliance Center of Art +Design (©D. Lancaster)

Soulard channels a bit of the French Quarter with its proliferation of music clubs and Mardi Gras vibe, plus, its Soulard Farmers Market is one of the best free shows in town. Pop into Soulard Coffee Garden for a memorable breakfast.

Soulard Farmers Market
Soulard Farmers Market (©D. Lancaster)

In Lafayette Square, a growing commercial district is surrounded by Victorian-era mansions. The dining options here set the bar high: Square One Brewery & Distillery, Eleven Eleven and SqWires.


SqWires (©D. Lancaster)

Laclede’s Landing, a cobblestoned collection of converted 19th century warehouses offers dining and entertainment in the shadow of the Gateway Arch. Standout establishments include Big Daddy's and Morgan Street Brewery.

Big Daddy's in Laclede's Landing
Big Daddy's in Laclede's Landing (©D. Lancaster)

Or you might kick back in The Grove, where clubs like Rehab, Just John, The Monocle and Atomic Cowboy have been lighting up the night with live music, cabaret and DJ spins. Get your fashion on at City Boutique, home to statement pieces.

One of many murals in The Grove
One of many murals in The Grove (©D. Lancaster)